Ten Free Resources That You Need to Succeed As A Veterinarian

Last Updated on October 18, 2023 by Laura Turner

If you are reading this, this means that you are en route to becoming a great veterinarian! We want to help to guide you towards success on this long yet rewarding journey. In order to accomplish this, we have done the research and have compiled some resources to help you succeed. 

Veterinary Information Resources

Information is the key to success, and free and easy to access information is even more convenient, especially with a demanding schedule. The Veterinary Information Resources, courtesy of the National Library of Medicine, offers access to various databases to help you get the knowledge you need, providing basic research technique suggestions as a bonus.

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The American Association of Veterinary Medical Colleges

The American Association of Veterinary Medical Colleges (AAVMC) offers student resources, starting with the process to apply to veterinary medical schools.  Then it continues to offer resources, support, and professional guidance every step of the way as you work towards becoming a veterinarian.

Veterinary Practice News

Veterinary Practice News is dedicated to your development and offers the latest news in an easy to access format. Staying informed will enable you to become a more informed veterinarian and enable you to apply what you learn in school. This free resource ensures that everyone from veterinary students to veterinarians can benefit from it, with sections ranging from practice management to cat/dog to brain teaser, the latter being a fun daily challenge.

Merck Veterinary Manual

This is a free resource that was created and is regularly updated by veterinary experts. Among their free resources offered, Merck Veterinary Manual offers easy to follow clinical diagnoses, treatments, and other valuable and trustworthy material. With a great visual and written component, this resource will not only benefit you as a veterinary medical student but also enable you to better care for your patients.

American Board of Veterinary Practitioners

The American Board of Veterinary Practitioners (ABVP) will provide the basic and essential information that you to become board certified in 11 recognized veterinary specialties, including feline practice and swine health management. They are committed to help you achieve your full professional potential.

Veterinary Medicine News

As a subset of Science Daily, Veterinary Medicine News is “your source for the latest research news.” You can never have enough sources of quality research, and this free resource should rank highly in your list. You can easily obtain information about current events, clinical treatments, and environmental factors affecting animal health. With limited time to waste as a student and veterinarian, this resource is there to help you maximize your efficiency.

The Veterinary Viewfinder Podcast

Have you struggled to find an entertaining yet informative way to learn on the go? If so, then you need the Veterinary Viewfinder Podcast in your life, dedicated to “tackling the toughest topics in veterinary medicine.” Hosted by veterinarian Dr. Ernie Ward and registered veterinary technician Beckie Mossor, they provide weekly podcasts filled with humor, education, and honesty, especially regarding how current issues affect veterinarians.

American Veterinary Medical Association

As a veterinarian in training, especially as a veterinary medical student, it is critical that you find professional guidance and support. Enter the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA). They serve to help you with finding mentors, grants, research, and that is only a few of many functions they serve.

Veterinary Medical Association Executives

Financial literacy and management as veterinarians and veterinarians-in-training is essential, and the Veterinary Medical Association Executives (VMAE) have made this their mission. By offering free Veterinary Practice Management Essentials and webinars, they endeavor to not only educate but to also empower you.

Student Doctor Network’s Veterinary Forums

Saving the best for last, SDN’s veterinary forums are not only a great source of support, but you can also be part of a community. You will find the necessary information and support that you need, with subforums of Pre-Veterinary and Veterinary. If you need help and can’t find your answer via the existing threads, all you need to do is ask!

The journey to becoming a veterinarian will not be simple like a cat nap, but you will conquer it. These resources have been curated to help support and guide you to achieve success as a veterinarian. You can make a difference, and please don’t ever doubt that!

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